The use of personal lubricants has only recently become an open topic of conversation. The positive effects of personal lube have gotten more attention as well. A Center for Sexual Health Promotion study showed that lubrication improved sexual experiences for 70% of the participants, making their experiences more comfortable and satisfying.
However, there are still misconceptions about personal lube — especially lubes that have a glycerin base.
Is glycerin a good choice for personal lube? Learn more about this option and why it can be a vital ingredient in the best personal lubricants.
What Is Glycerin?
Glycerin, also called glycerol, is a natural compound that comes from vegetable oils. It is odorless and colorless, and it has a syrupy consistency with a sweet taste.
Glycerin is a humectant, which means that it can pull water from the air and from deeper layers of your skin, bringing it up to your outer skin layer. It can help reduce friction, creating a slippery feel and acting as a kind of cushion to protect your most sensitive parts.
One of the biggest misconceptions that people have about glycerin in personal lubricants is that it can cause yeast infections because it is a sugar. In fact, glycerin is a sugar alcohol and does not stimulate insulin secretion.
The bacteria that cause yeast infections do not feed off sugar alcohol. The body can transform glycerin into sugar, but that can only occur if you ingest it.
In fact, glycerin has antibacterial and antiviral properties, which led to the FDA approving it for inclusion in wound care products. It is also safe enough to use in skin care products.
How the Misconceptions Began
The misconceptions surrounding glycerin began because some providers of personal lube use impure or low-quality glycerin in their products. The osmolality levels are also a concern.
Osmolality is the measure of the amount of moisture that a product pulls from one side of a membrane to the other. The level of osmolality in lube is important, especially for vaginal and rectal health, because lube with high osmolality levels can dry out the membranes and disrupt pH levels while also causing irritation.
Having an imbalance in pH levels in your vagina or anus can lead to the creation of bacteria.
A World Health Organization study found that numerous lube manufacturers in the United States created products with osmolality levels that were three to five times higher than safe levels.
Glycerin is not the problem, but how providers incorporate it into their products is.
Why We Use Glycerin
At CC Wellness, we offer high-quality personal lube with some formulas made with glycerin. Because we hold all of our products to the highest standards, we are one of the leaders in FDA 510(k) innovations. The glycerin we use for our lubricants is vegetable oil-based, allowing us to provide a safe and effective experience even for vegetarians and vegans.
Benefits of Working with Make Waves
When you’re searching for white label partners for personal care products, Make Waves may be the right choice.
CC Wellness is an innovator in the field of intimate wellness and personal care products and offers some of the most reliable options on the market today. With our Make Waves services, we can help other brands grow in this field.
A white label partner needs to have 510(k)s to be trustworthy, and that’s what we offer. Because you’re not creating your own products, but instead relying on us to manufacture them, you can rest assured that as your white label partner, we have clearance from the FDA.
Getting and maintaining 510(k) clearance is something that takes time and open communication between the white label partner and the OEM. Make Waves offers a clearly defined contract that allows for a fluid partnership to stay agile in the constantly changing business world.
At Make Waves, we offer a premium version of white label with customer satisfaction behind our services. Our consumer confidence is well over 240 SKUs in the areas of e-commerce, specialty retail, and FDM.
We also bring regulatory expertise to the table, along with the marketing skills necessary to make your brand shine. Our knowledge of the personal lubrication market can help your products remain relevant.
At Make Waves, our team prides itself on being able to quickly get your brand in front of consumers. We also understand how important brand management is, especially for online retail. We have deep expertise with Amazon brand management.
Make Waves provides world-class manufacturing at state-of-the-art facilities, letting you receive the highest quality products you need across OTC, cosmetic, and Class II medical devices. Our facilities follow FDA and ISO 13485 regulations and have an annual capacity of 120 million bottles.
Most of our products use pharmacopeia-grade and ingredients certified by the USDA. They do not contain parabens or added sugars, and all of our organic ingredients have full certification.
We offer products that have glycerin bases as well as those that contain silicone, which can provide long-lasting results because the body doesn’t absorb silicone.
Jumpstart Your Brand
When you turn to Make Waves, you turn to reliability and expertise. We are dedicated to helping brands gain the consumer following they deserve, providing guidance and quality products. As your white label partner, we can help you achieve your annual goals through our seamless partnership.
Contact our Make Waves team to learn more.